|O'Sullivan, Edward to Downing, Lucy, 1872
|Oceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
|Kenmare, Co. Kerry
|Colony of Victoria
My Dear Lucy
It is a very long time since either of us heard from each other I am
very sorry to have to relate that I heard of the death of your son by drown
rag some years ago, but it was a long time after the sad calamity occurring
that I heard of it. I was not then nor yet in communication with Richd. in
consequence of some letters being mislaid between us both, but I am after
receiving two letters from his son Edward for the first time. He says with
sorrow that he sees your delicate health ever since the Boy was drowned
and eulogises upon the cousin as not having his equals in Kenmare at the
time of the fatal occurrence.
My Dear Sister we all here felt much at the shock you received when
I got notice of it from Richd Donnelly. I dont wonder such a calamity
would be disastrous to your health but I hope as it is Gods will that you
will reconcile yourself and not help to altogether break down your health
and be satisfied with these that God has left you. I have not heard how
many Children you have but I think I once heard you had a good many
and hope they are in good health as well as John.
Young Ned would wish to go to America or Australia and he wrote
me for my advice. There appears to be a large family of them there, and I
suppose Richard will have to allow some of them to emigrate to look for
a living. I am given to understand that they are a fine lot of children He
had a great many. I learn there are three dead and that there is nine more living.
It is well he had so many as Stephen if now living and myself are not
very likely to increase the human race in numbers. Your Brother Florence
had only four children two boys and two girls. The girls were the youngest
and the younger of the two died of Diptherea [diphtheria] eighteen months
ago. The three living are in good health so is he himself and Ellen I am
myself enjoying good health thank God–we are pulling along like all Australians
who purchase land to make a home. Flor has 80 acres of land
which is his own private property and on part of this is a vineyard for the
making of Wine. It takes a large outlay and brings no returns for the first
5 years but this term is past and we are making Wine for the last 2 or 3 years.
Flor is looking old and very grey but very healthy. I am too giving
way to old Father time as you will see by the carte I send you. I am not
yet grey but I am afraid you wont Know me and is it to be wondered at
when I am 171/2 years in Australia a climate that is dry and withering to
the face whilst in Moister climates the face will look rosy and fresh. But
still Australia except the tropical parts of it is as wholesome as any part of
the World. Fevers or many sicknesses in the old country are unknown here.
plors eldest boy is or will be 11 years in November next and the biggest
of his age I have seen.
Dear Lucy you must excuse me for my long negligence and hope you
will soon write and let me Know how yourself & John and the children
are and how you are getting on. I had not even a letter of My Fathers death
from Richd—I only heard it from Richd Donnelly. I never expected Richd
would be so unkind or at [east so careless as not to write on that occasion.
I hope Denny Hallasy & Mother is well also Ellen Mack and any other
friends. I hope your Brother in law James Downing & family are well also
Mr Murphy and Mistress. I heard of John's sisters death I beleive she was
nurse of the Fever Hospital. I was sorry when I heard from Edmond Donnelly,
I saw it on a Kerry paper but did not Know it was she not Knowing
her married name. Flor and Ellen Joins in sending their love to John, yourself
& the children and remain Dear Lucy your affectionate Brother
address—Huntly post office—Colony of Victoria—Australia